Could you do it? Could you switch from Mac to Linux? Or, from Windows to Linux? And why would you switch? What are the advantages from switching from Mac to Linux?
I dabble and my trust dusty non-butterfly keyboard MacBook Pro is home to a variety of operating systems. macOS, Windows, and a few flavors of Linux. David Gewirtz did a good, snark free, pro and con of Windows, Mac, and Linux and came to a similar conclusion about a switch. Why would you switch?
There are more similarities between macOS, Windows 10, and most non-server versions of Linux than you might expect. All are solid and dependable. All are more secure than ever. So, why would you switch from whatever you run now to Linux? Each OS has plenty of reasons not to switch and to switch.
- If you have an old PC and you want to update it to a fully modern OS for free, go with Linux
- If you want to be able to choose from any hardware configuration you want with zero restrictions, go with Windows.
- If you want to run MacOS, Windows, and Linux apps all on the same machine, run MacOS.
- If you want super-tight integration between iOS and your desktop OS, with carefully tuned hardware, go with MacOS.
- If you want to get a notebook computer for less than $1,000, get a Windows machine or a Chromebook, or retrofit Linux on an older laptop.
- If you want to play Triple-A PC games, get Windows.
- If you want to brag about how much better your machine is than everyone else’s, get a Windows machine… or a Mac… or a Linux machine. There’s a lot to brag about with each of these OSs.
Linux still has a few hoops to jump through to install on an old PC or a Mac. Windows runs on more hardware than Mac or Linux. Windows and Linux can run on a Mac. If you need games, Windows is where it’s at.
Apple made macOS sticky and well integrated into the company’s famous walled garden ecosystem. If you have any Apple hardware that runs Calendar, Contacts, Music, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Safari, and syncs data between devices then you understand the reluctance of jumping ship.
That’s by design.
The benefits of using a Mac are more obvious than using just Linux or only Windows. The Mac can run all three and at the same time if you choose. One reason I refuse to jump ship is that there is little to gain. Many apps that are table stakes and mainstays on macOS are not available on any Linux-based PC.